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El Cholo Restaurant

1121 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006 (Central L.A)
(323) 734-2773
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Ranked #332 of 8,555 restaurants in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Neighborhood: Central L.A
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clovelly
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

I can see why this place is popular. The serves are huge but tended to be a bit oily. Like previous reviews I like the corn chips & salsa on arrival. The nachos was tasty & our mains we found extremely generous so much so that we could not finish. Rookie error to eat so many corn chips. Interior quaint... More

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Los Angeles
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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We loved the tamales - it tasted just like many of the restaurants that I have visited in Puerto Vallarta - that good - great margaritas - and fast and efficient service - this was actually first visit here from recommendations of friends and definitely will be back to enjoy this food

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

This is one of the oldest Mexican restaurants in Los Angeles. Or I should say one of the best oldest Mexican restaurants in LA. El Coyote is older, but not nearly as good. The Sonora enchilada is my favorite. It has delicate flour tortilla's with whole black beans and white meat chicken. It is their oldest dish on the menu.... More

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Warsaw, Poland
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71 reviews 71 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

I booked a company dinner for a group of 30+ about a week in advance. First of all you can not order a la carte for a larger group and have to go with a set menu with limited choice. This is acceptable, but although we clearly mentioned at the time of booking, that our guests have different dietary requirements,... More

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014 via mobile

I have visited this restaurant several times on visits to Los Angeles. It is consistently good with a range of delicious Mexican food and excellent, friendly service. Highly recommended.

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Los Angeles
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

This restaurant on Western near Pico is the original location and the only one that prepares the food in the authentic way. My favorite has always been the green corn tamales. They are available from May to October only. I have never been disappointed with anything and find the prices to be very reasonable. The service is always good too.... More

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misson hills, ca
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This place is a block and a half away from Staples Center in downtown LA. Being and LA Kings season seat holder, I can't believe I've never been here before, and the place has been there since the late 20's. Chips and salsa were good. we all enjoyed our meals. The menu needs a little explaining from the server. Also,... More

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Los Angeles, California
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62 reviews 62 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

On Mother's Day felt like having some Mexican food. My girlfriend called them around 6:30 and asked if there was any wait, as usually on holidays there is, and we were prepared to make a reservation. The girl who answered said their was none, which was surprising, but since we live a few blocks away we just decided to walk... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 via mobile

I was told about this place some years ago, so this was our first time back in LA for some 5 years, and we didn't want to miss it. So glad we made it. The food was just like mother used to make, if I were Mexican. It really was good, and not expensive. The Margaritas were the best we... More

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Yes, my mother was Mexican. This is California Mexican food, very delicious! Be prepared for a long wait on a Friday or Saturday night. I park on the street now, as the valet tried to rip me off the last time I used it, but that was about 7 years ago. (I gave the attendant a $20; he gave me... More

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